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Old 9th Aug 2018, 13:25
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Global Geopolitics Hamsterwheel v 1.0

I have coined a new description for that group of countries handicapped by their inability and/or unwillingness to lever themselves out of the morass of their ancient histories, culturally, yet desire all the benefits of living in the modern world.

It comes from their real-time policies and actions.

These are the "Cowering Countries".

Blindingly afraid of their situations but will never tolerate any substantial change and have mostly only assorted violence and bluster in their toolboxes.
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Old 9th Aug 2018, 14:36
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What, Ireland?

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The Saudis flex their muscles by selling off Canadian assets in response to human rights demands to free a dissident.
We'll see if the Canadians are bothered by it.
Would you call the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a Cowering Country?
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Yes. Not the worst of the grouping but in there firmly.
Pity you can't turn sand into cobalt or lithium.

(Cobalt is being hinted at as a surging (or about to surge) hot commodity)
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Originally Posted by meadowrun View Post
Pity you can't turn sand into cobalt or lithium.
Seems our Canadian friends do a lovely job of turning it into oil ...
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I like the subject matter - I have some trouble with the "Cowering Countries" label. Cowering and blustering are both reactions to fear - but in exact opposite directions ("Flight or Fight" response). That needs some rethinking.

And of course the conflict between the two, within a culture or country, can lead to paralysis. Maybe "The Paralyzed Countries" (paralyzed with fear of the future, paralyzed by the inability of old institutions and beliefs to cope with new situations, etc.)? Except that lashing out doesn't fit that, either. It's complicated.

Anyway, something that has been known and described for a long time - but generally ignored (6 million copies, 7 Billlion humans). The Tofflers published Future Shock 48 years ago, yet we are still constanly surprised that the future just keeps on coming and sometimes arrives a lot faster (but sometimes a lot slower) than we expect. Probably required reading for such a hamsterwheel (and no, I haven't read it myself - yet!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Shock

Today's "Modern World" will be replaced by yet another "Modern World" and then another and then another. Even killing off the human race won't stop change, although it will come from some different source. "Modern" art as a genre or style or area of study, ends about 1980 - since then we've been in the "post-Modern" era. Even "Modern" is "antique", these days.
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Originally Posted by pattern_is_full View Post
Probably required reading for such a hamsterwheel (and no, I haven't read it myself - yet!) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Shock
Good book, as are his others in the same vein. As you say, though, many of his predictions have happened later than he expected, or not at all yet (e.g. that we'll start wearing print-on-demand paper clothes and just burn them at the end of the day). Others happened much earlier, or were even more significant than he expected.

I think you're right about Paralysis. Governments simply have no idea how to deal with the future that's rushing toward them and just keep repeating the same old claptrap that's worked up to now... but doesn't work any more.

Their big problem being that government in its present form makes no sense in a future where people can make most of the things they need at home (probably, at some point, including those paper clothes).
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I have some trouble with the "Cowering Countries" label. Cowering and blustering are both reactions to fear - but in exact opposite directions ("Flight or Fight" response). That needs some rethinking
Thing is - They have nowhere to run to. There is no flight option so word manipulation comes into it as a defense. We hear some most everyday.
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Bets being taken on how long before this gets merged with the US politics thread.
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Originally Posted by Lonewolf_50 View Post
The Saudis flex their muscles by selling off Canadian assets in response to human rights demands to free a dissident.
We'll see if the Canadians are bothered by it.
Would you call the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia a Cowering Country?
The more I look at this, the more I realize Trudeau is operating out of his depth. He has torqued off quite a few friendly nations, at times to the pleasure of ones that arenít so friendly. Canada is a right fine nation full of right fine folks, it however isn't some sort of economic juggernaut that would allow him to casually piss off friendly nations without some degree of punishment being metered out to its citizens.
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The more I look at this, the more I realize Trudeau is operating out of his depth.
You only just realized that a part-time drama teacher and ski instructor might be out of his depth running a country of tens of millions of people?

I can't imagine how we're going to survive another year before he's tossed out of Ottawa, or the additional damage he'll do in the meantime.
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